Welcome to the home of the ARTS/Aiken County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update!
The Augusta Regional Transportation Study (ARTS) is a bi-state Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) covering the Augusta-Richmond County, GA; and, Aiken County, SC urbanized areas (also including parts of Edgefield County, SC and Columbia County, GA).
In 2012, ARTS completed a comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plan. In 2022-2023, ARTS will be developing an update to the comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian plan, including infrastructure and program recommendations to improve the walking and bicycling environment in the two-state metropolitan area.
You are encouraged to bookmark this link and check in often to provide your input on walking and biking in the region, to mark your calendars for upcoming opportunities to participate in the process, and to follow the progress of the plan development!
Project Vision (Draft)
The ARTS Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan envisions a seamless network of safe and inviting bicycling and walking paths, trails, and on-street facilities, between South Carolina, Georgia, and the four-member counties, that equitably supports economic development, active transportation, healthy lifestyles, and improved quality of life for all ages and abilities of bicyclists and pedestrians in the region.
The ARTS planning area covers an approximate land area of 793 square miles with a population of 511,686 (US Census 2010) and includes: Richmond County, and the Cities of Hephzibah and Blythe in Georgia; the Fort Gordon Military Reservation; parts of Columbia County, including the City of Grovetown and unincorporated Evans and Martinez; and, parts of Aiken and Edgefield Counties in South Carolina, including the Cities of Aiken, North Augusta, New Ellenton and Burnettown.
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